Many wonderful klezmer and Yiddish-inspired events are coming up in June, from Aptos in the south to Oakland to the east and San Francisco in the north (none further north or east that we know of this month). See below for a complete listing of events. We hope to see you at some of them.

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In Memoriam

Long-time KlezCalifornia Board member and volunteer, Icek Mozes, died April 30. We are greatly saddened by this loss and will miss Icek very much. Icek was a great supporter of KlezCalifornia and all things Yiddish and klezmer. Whether offering his opinions at meetings, launching our Salon for fluent Yiddish speakers, advising on Yiddish usage, serving as Secretary and a member of the Executive, Finance and Nominating Committees, establishing our member database, creating and editing the newsletter, making a generous annual gift, or just kibitsing, he was an essential part of KlezCalifornia.

Read his obituary from the May 19 San Francisco Chronicle HERE. A video of Icek telling a wonderfully funny story (in Yiddish) is HERE. If you can't make it through the Yiddish, just cue to 9:40 or so, and remember him by that smile. May his memory be a blessing. His widow, Pat Blackburn, requests that donations in Icek's memory be made to KlezCalifornia. For how to donate, go HERE. Some donations we have received are acknowledged below in Honor Wall.

* Nigunim Weekend Retreat, August 23-25, Mendocino County. More info: mail[at]
* KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festival, October 26-27, Berkeley. More info: HERE

-- Submissions for the July newsletter HERE by June 21
-- Long-term calendar of events in the Bay Area: Events calendar
-- Online sources of Yiddish-inspired culture: KlezCal on-line resources
-- Klezmer musicians looking for others: KlezCal want ads

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In This Issue
Omens, Dreams & Curses, three performances
Anthony Russell Sings Sidor Belarsky, Thursday, June 6
Yiddish Conversation Salon, Sunday, June 9
Jewish Pickling Workshop, Sunday, June 30
Community Events
On the Web
Farshidns (This 'n That)
Coming in July
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Support KlezCalifornia
Omens, Dreams & Curses, with Veretski Pass, S.F. Choral Artists

World-renowned klezmer trio Veretski Pass and San Francisco Choral Artists join forces again this June. "Omens, Dreams & Curses" features 17th century psalm settings, folk music, light-hearted works, dazzling improvisations, and world premieres by Joshua Horowitz, Mark Winges, and Eleanor Aversa. Join the composers 30 minutes before each concert for informal talks about their work.

June 15th San Francisco | June 16th Redwood City | June 23rd Oakland. See Community Events (below) for venues and times. Tickets $12-$25 in advance, $15-$30 at the door.
More info: | info[at] | 415.494.8149.

Di Gantse Velt iz Mayn: Anthony Russell Sings Sidor Belarsky

Thursday, June 6, 7:00pm, Di Gantse Velt Iz Mayn: The Sidor Belarsky Songbook, a presentation by Anthony (Mordechai Tzvi) Russell. At Jewish LearningWorks' Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. No charge. More info: 415.567.3327,

African-American by birth and Jewish by choice, Anthony (Mordechai Tzvi) Russell is a new voice in the contemporary Yiddish music scene. Having trained and performed as an operatic bass, he has more recently discovered in Yiddish art song a canvas for the expression of his own multi-faceted identity. Russell has immersed himself in the recital repertoire of Ukrainian-born Sidor Belarsky (1898-1975), one of the most celebrated and prolific performers of cantorial music, Hasidic nigns, and Yiddish folk songs (and best known to many from the soundtrack to the film "A Serious Man"). Striving in his interpretations to "embody the aspirations, desires, and struggles of one diaspora culture enriched with the colors and experiences of another," Russell gives new life to an oft-neglected repertoire.
KlezCalifornia Conversation Salon for Fluent Yiddish Speakers

line drawing of people talking Sunday, June 9, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Salon. At a private home in Oakland. No charge. More info: 415.789.7679, flisik[at]
Dos mol veln mir hern Yidishe kurtseh geshikhtez un poezyeh, zingen a por lider, un dertseyln unzereh geshikhtes fun an interesanteh mench fun unzereh mishpokheh. Az ir kent, brengt epes a nosh. Es iz shtendik beser mit epes tsu esn! Zayt azoy gut un loszt unz visn friyer tsi ir kumt. 
Jewish Pickling Workshop - FULL

Sunday, June 30, 1:30pm, Jewish Pickling Workshop, with Mike Perlmutter. This event is FULL. At LearningWorks' Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. Come to this event only if you already have a reservation.
Community Events


Mondays, 6:00-8:00pm, Klezmer Mondays at Saul's, featuring Dave Rosenfeld, Mike Perlmutter, and Dmitri Gaskin, occasional special guests. At Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen, Berkeley. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354, On June 3, Yiddishe Serenaders - see below.

Sunday, June 2, approximately 1:30pm, Orchestra Euphonos will lead a klezmer march around Yerba Buena Gardens, part of Israel in the Gardens, 11:00am-5:00pm. No charge. At Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco. More info: HERE.

Monday, June 3, Yiddishe Serenaders. At Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen, Berkeley. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354,

Friday, June 7, 1:00-2:00pm, New American Klezmer Performance With Members of the Red Hot Chachkas. At JCC San Francisco. No charge. More info: 415.202.1200, HERE.
Saturday, June 8, 9:30am - 12:00pm, Naomi Zamir (accordion) and Friends. Klezmer melodies and music from other East European traditions. At downtown Palo Alto Farmers' Market, Palo Alto. No charge. More info: HERE.

Saturday, June 8, 2:00pm, Klezmer Dance Workshop with Yael Schy and Ellis Island Old World Folk Band. Part of San Francisco Free Folk Festival, June 8-9, 12:00noon-10:00pm. No charge. More info:

Sunday, June 9, True Life Trio and Porto Franco Klezmer All-Stars, part of Contemporary Jewish Museum Community Celebration, 12:00noon-3:00pm. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Free museum admission all day. More info: 415.655.7800,


Sunday, June 9, 2:30-3:30pm, Jeff Brody's Klezmer Trio with a dash of Gypsy, part of Temple Beth El Jewish Food and Cultural Fair, 11:00am-7:00pm. At Temple Beth El, Aptos. Program includes numerous other bands, food booths, 25 crafts booths, Chai Time Talks (not unlike TEDTalks), Israeli dancing, children's activities in Kinderlakh Korner. Free admission. More info: 831.818.4178,

Wednesday, June 12, 7:00-9:00pm, Ellis Island Old World Folk Band. At Le Bateau Ivre Café/Restaurant. No cover charge. More info: 510.849.1100,

Thursday, June 13, 7:00pm, Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman, a presentation by Mark Cohen. At Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. No charge. More info: 415.567.3327,  


Omens, Dreams & Curses, featuring Veretski Pass with The San Francisco Choral Artists, three performances:  

Saturday, June 15, 8:00pm, St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, San Francisco

Sunday, June 16, 4:00pm, Congregation Beth Jacob, Redwood City
Sunday, June 23, 4:00pm, Temple Sinai, Oakland.
Four original choral pieces by Joshua Horowitz. Tickets: General admission: $25 advance, $30 door; Seniors (65+): $22 advance, $28 door; Students w/ID: $12 advance, $15 door. More info: 415.494.8149,

Sunday, June 16, 2:30pm, 87th Annual Concert of Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco. Songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino and Russian. Choral singing, soloists and sing-alongs. At Jewish Community High School of the Bay, San Francisco. Suggested donation: General: $15 at door, $12 advance; students, seniors and those with disabilities: $8 at door, $6 advance. Advance tickets HERE. More info: 510.220.6325,

Sunday, June 23, 6:00-6:45pm, The Klezmakers. Part of Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival, 3:00pm-8:00pm. At Addison-Penzak JCC, Los Gatos. Music, food and arts vendors, family activities. Tickets: $5 members, $7 general admission, free for kids 4 and under. More info: HERE.

Monday, June 24, 7:00-9:00pm, Ellis Island Old World Folk Band. At Garden Gate Creativity Center, Berkeley. Admission $10-$20, sliding scale, no one turned away. More info:

Monday, June 24 - Friday, August 2, StageDoor Conservatory's "On Broadway" music theater camp presents Fiddler on the Roof for young actors entering grades 5-9. Shows will be August 1-3. Fee: $325/week for 9:00am-3:30pm, additional fee to 6:00pm. Financial aid available. At North Berkeley location. More info: 510.521.6250, stagedoorconservatory[at],

Thursday, June 27, 7:00pm, The Chosen (film screening). At Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. No charge. More info: 415.567.3327 X703,

Thursday, June 27, 8:00pm, Red Hot Chachkas open for The Accordion Babes Revue. At Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley. Tickets: $18.40 advance/ $20.50 door. More info: 510.644.2020,

On the Web


A series of lectures about "Jewish Folk Songs," at, the site of Batya Fonda, who lives in Israel. Includes lesser-known Yiddish (and Ladino) songs, and songs whose composers are known (such as Oyfn Pripetshik, composed by Mark Warshavsky), i.e. not "folk songs" (Thanks to Achi Ben Shalom).

Farshidns (This 'n That)

Yiddish Chat Line, a free telephone conversation for Yiddish speakers and Yiddish learners, every Tuesday at 1:00pm. Dial 641.594.7078. Usual phone charges apply. (Thanks to Rose Schimel).

Learn Yiddish at home with "Yiddish in 10 Lessons" workbook and CD from Chaim Werdyger. More info at

Proverb of the month: If you could hang on the wall all the world's packs of troubles, everyone would
grab for his own (Az men zol oyfhengen oyf der vant aleh peklekh tsores, volt zikh itlekher gekhapt zayn eygns).
Coming in July

Put this exciting event on your calendar now and check the July newsletter for more details. You can always check out KlezCalifornia's long-term calendar at

Sunday, July 21, 6:00pm (music begins 6:30pm) Klezmer Night with Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band, dancing led by Bruce Bierman. At Tannourine Restaurant, San Mateo. $10 cover + order off regular menu. More info: 650.638.1960,  
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New Honor Wall postings this month:

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Henry Hirsch Carrey: In memory of Icek Mozes z"l (May his memory be a blessing). Zol er hobn a likhtikn gan-eydn (May he have a brightly shining eternity).

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Linda D. Hancher: In memory of my old friend Icek Mozes.

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Lenore Naxon: In memory of Icek Mozes.
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Talia Shaham: In memory of my dear friend and colleague, Icek Mozes, who did so much for
KlezCalifornia, always with kindness, humor and intelligence. We miss him greatly.
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With a gift of any amount to KlezCalifornia, you become a Contributing Member and you may post a message of up to 100 words on our web Honor Wall for one year. This is a fine way to honor a loved one or teacher or to write about your own Yiddish heritage.

Chai imageWe hope Contributing Members can give $54 (3 chai/khay) or more. The 115-page exercise book, "The Oy Way." This warm book by Harvey Gotliffe helps you learn Yiddish expressions while engaging in meditative exercise. Check it out at Or a DVD of the wonderful 80-minute film, "Yiddish Theater: A Love Story" ( Or eight beautiful, brightly-colored, 5"x7" music-themed greeting cards designed by Sonoma County artist Nina Bonos (see the cards HERE).

Your donations help KlezCalifornia keep Bay Area Yiddish culture and community vibrant and thriving. Make your tax-deductible donation via credit card HERE or with a check to KlezCalifornia at 1728 Allston Way, Berkeley 94703. A sheynem dank! Thank you very much.